Notes from Synod (3)

12 07 2009

Crikey, I am exhausted. It’s amazing how active the role of ‘observer’ is.

Last night’s activities in the Synod Chamber were a pretty dry and straightforward discussion of the reports from the Church Commissioners and the Archbishops’ Council. Apart from the perhaps inevitable resentment towards the central institutions of the Church, nothing much to report.

Later, we moved onto the Fringe events. Us CEYC folk Read the rest of this entry »

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Notes from Synod (2)

11 07 2009

Just finished a fish supper in Vanbrugh Restaurant. Very frustratingly, I was a nat’s whisker away from eating with the Archbishop of Canterbury (he was just in front of me in the queue) but somebody snatched him away as we put our trays down together. Read the rest of this entry »





Notes from Synod

11 07 2009

It really is rather surreal to be back on campus at the University of York, but not as a student. The General Synod of the Church of England hold their Summer session here every year.

Discussion this afternoon has been dominated by financial matters. Synod were given a dramatic presentation on how the Church’s pension plans have fallen apart as a result of the recession. Read the rest of this entry »





Synod consultation

6 07 2009

I’m delighted to have been invited to join the CEYC observer group at this weekend’s Synod. The General Synod is a sort of parliament for the Church of England, and debates all sorts of things ranging from the theological to the liturgical and the administrative. Ironically, the July meeting Read the rest of this entry »





David Davis – what politicians should be about

22 05 2009

I’ve just sat in on a talk by David Davis MP hosted by the University of York Conservative and Unionist Association. As with too many of these talks, there was no title for the talk/debate – just the name of the speaker. Still, I come out of the session with rather a lot of respect for Davis. Read the rest of this entry »





MPs’ Expenses

10 05 2009

A rather weak radio letter this week I’m afraid – Alistair Cooke never had dissertation deadlines and finals revision to cope with!

Unfortunately all my guff about ecclesiastical footwear (which in retrospect seems an appalling idea) and my vow to avoid politics in the letters meant that there was no space for a word on MPs’ expenses, so…

I have for years tried to defend politics, our political sys Read the rest of this entry »





CEYC Meeting 25th April

2 05 2009

On 25th April I had the privilege of representing the Diocese of York at a meeting of the Church of England Youth Council.

The Council met in Leeds for a day packed with discussions about the Church Youth strategy, youth problems associated with the recession and the Anglican Communion. You can read a copy of the minutes here.

In keeping with the greatest of Anglican traditions, one of the highlights of the day was the extensive lunch provided. More than anything, though, it was a great opportunity to meet some great people.